Jaywalking Continues To Be A Problem On 8th Street 11/4/13
November 4th, 2013
We staked out 8th street for just about half an hour and watched as people dashed across the street, while traffic was traveling around 45 miles per hour sped towards them.
They jaywalked just feet from where a 90-year-old man was struck by a car and killed a little over a month ago. Markings from pieces of the car in the wreck still line the pavement.
"It certainly makes me very wary whenever I cross the streets," said Darrell McElyea, who works on 8th street.
He says he knows the danger but he still crosses between car lots where he works.
"You just have to be patient, wait for traffic to clear out on both sides and have faith," he said.
Another jaywalker we talked to lives in the area and crosses to get to a gas station almost daily. He says without crosswalks the danger will continue.
"Itís caused too many deaths already, too many people getting hit. Itís not right," said Christopher Montgomery who lives nearby.
City officials say they havenít received any complaints. Therefore there are no plans for a crosswalk or traffic light. Still, they say a crosswalk might not do the trick.
"This is seven lanes of traffic That's a lot of lanes of traffic to try to put in a cross walk for example. Even that does not guarantee any kind of safety," said Andrea Goodson of the city of Odessa.
We also asked the city if an overpass would work. Traffic could flow through and pedestrians could safely cross. They said that would be incredibly costly but it boils down to residents voicing their concerns. If you have a suggestion you are encouraged to contact the city.